It dawned on me while I was bowling that there is another assumption that seeps through training as a profession that may be the cause of much of our resistance.
Training is a one shot deal.
Think about it.
Everything we design is based on "When you walk out of this classroom, you should be able to....."
Whether that class is an hour / day / week / semester.
What about afterwards?
Maybe that's the crux of "informal learning" / ROI / social networks and all the rest.
How are we supporting our students after they walk out of (or close) whatever "learning experience" we give them?
"Training" is really only the start. What support systems are you putting in place for afterwards? Do they have a way to contact an expert? Each other? You? Are there resources you can point them to? Has the organization who is driving the change put in supporting policies and rewards and systems?
Maybe our focus should be less on how we make our training entertaining and "effective". Less on objectives and evaluation tools for that moment in time.
Maybe we need to be thinking longer term....